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Bad Llamas - EP Review: Wunderlane

31 Jan 2021 // A review by Chris Chick

The new 6 track EP Wunderlane by Bad Llamas is a breath of fresh air when it comes to NZ music. Situated down in the depths of Christchurch, this is the band's second EP release after their debut 2019 EP What Even is Bad Llamas. I am very excited to not only be reviewing another NZ band, but one that is close to my heart, literally, as I currently live within the Christchurch area. I will try my hardest not to be too biased.

The first song Catch A Ride is like walking into a very progressive southern Baptist gospel singing church in the good ol USA and there is no way you are going to stop your dancing shoes from moving in every direction, especially when that trumpet enters the scene and your feet scream to you 'keep going, I know it hurts, but keep going'. This song is a wonderfully upbeat number, starting what is a fantastic musical ride with the Llamas of Christchurch.

The third song on the album What To Do takes me back to those days gone by in the early 2000's in the UK when the second wave of 'Britpop' bands started making waves, The Libertines, The Kooks and The Coral etc. Head bobbing is very much in order, as well as a side order of cardigans and floppy hats. I am enjoying the mixture of genres that the band is covering to this point; it certainly keeps the listener engaged.

Middle of The Night is another mood shaker, as the music gets a little more funky and intense as the dancing boots are tied up once again ready for action. The continuous lick that is used through the song adds a level of sophistication through the song that makes it so very good.

All in all I was very impressed by Wunderlane; it had a very chirpy opening, with a very diverse, yet exciting changes throughout. Being that they are from Christchurch and my unbiased nature would never count that as a reason to pick up this EP, but you should really take the time to not only listen but to actually spend the few dollars, for this is soothing music for your ears. This gets a very strong 3.5 stars from me, and I look forward to seeing more music from this band, as well as live gigs around town.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )

About Bad Llamas

Bad Llamas play original music, currently recording, formed in Christchurch 2018.

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Year: 2021
Type: EP
What Even Is Bad Llamas
Year: 2019
Type: EP

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